Basic Online Safety Expectations: summary of industry responses to the first mandatory transparency notices - December 2022
Online service providers are required to report on how they are implementing the 'Basic Online Safety Expectations' set out by the Australian government. This report shows significant variation in the steps being taken by providers to protect users and the wider Australian public.
Freedom on the net 2022
This year's Freedom on the Net report finds that global internet freedom declined for the 12th consecutive year in 2022, and governments are on a campaign to divide the open internet into a patchwork of repressive enclaves.
Basic Online Safety Expectations: regulatory guidance
This guidance is for members of the general public, industry and other stakeholders who require information about the Basic Online Safety Expectations to increase the transparency and accountability of online service providers, thereby helping to incentivise and improve safety standards.
The two technospheres
The divergence of the Western and Chinese technospheres is a critical driver of cybersecurity concerns requiring the attention of both governments and the private sector around the world. This report provides a set of recommendations for action to mitigate the growing cybersecurity risks posed by...
The UN norms of responsible state behaviour in cyberspace
This report, produced by APSI in partnership with Australia’s Cyber and Critical Technology Cooperation Program and the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, is the result of a multi-year cyber-capacity building program focused on supporting the effective implementation of UN norms throughout ASEAN.
Media and democracy: unpacking America’s complex views on the digital public square
Three decades after Sir Tim Berners-Lee created the first web server, the technologies that once promised to usher in a new era of democracy are now also being used to spread disinformation and sow distrust. Amid a global pandemic and the contentious political events surrounding...
Social media responsibility and free speech: a new approach for dealing with ‘Internet harms'
There are increasing demands from the public, media and politicians for some imposition of order on the Internet, much of which focuses on the management of speech. This paper outlines some of the primary pressures Canadians are facing in terms of censorship, algorithms, data collection...
China’s cyber vision
This report provides a primer on the roots of the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) within China’s policy system, and sheds light on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) intentions to use cyberspace as a tool for shaping discourse domestically and internationally.
Good foundations: why democracies should care about the wiring of the Internet
This paper explains what protocols are - how they work, why they matter and how they are governed. It explores the implications of this approach and urges a closer relationship between the architects of Internet protocols and those responsible for the publics they affect.
Digital platform services inquiry – September 2021 Report on market dynamics and consumer choice screens in search services and web browsers: issues paper
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has released this issues paper to gather the public's views on potential competition and consumer issues in the provision of web browsers and general search services to Australian consumers and in particular, the impact of default arrangements.
Google’s assessment of Google
This paper examines claims by Google and its consultants that the company generates massive economic benefits for Australia—$39 billion for business and $14 billion for consumers. These claims are massively overstated and, as might be expected, negative aspects of Google’s practices are not acknowledged.
Digital advertising services inquiry: interim report
This interim report examines the digital display advertising supply chain in Australia, which enables the near instantaneous delivery of $3.4 billion of digital display advertising opportunities on news, entertainment and other websites and apps each year.
Technology-facilitated gender-based violence: an overview
This paper serves as an introduction to technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) and many of the concepts that will serve as the basis for a new research project. Relying on the research done to date on TFGBV, this paper reviews some of the more common forms...
The great cyber surrender: how police and governments abandon cybercrime victims
In the most comprehensive transatlantic study of its kind, this report finds that the approach of both police and policymakers to tackling cybercrime is so inadequate that it is tantamount to surrender.
What the Facebook Oversight Board means for human rights, and where we go from here
In May 2020, Facebook announced the inaugural batch of members of its Oversight Board. The Board will be a group of 40 people supported by staff, whose initial task will be to serve as an independent appeals mechanism to have a final say on select...
Protecting the age of innocence
Access to online pornography and wagering would be restricted through mandatory age verification, under the recommendations in this Social Policy and Legal Affairs committee report.
Standards for digital cooperation
This paper proposes the creation of a Data Standards Task Force (DSTF), which would be entrusted with a dual mandate: enabling the development of technical standards to create data value chains and being accountable for the development of data governance standards needed by regulators to...
EU–US relations on internet governance
This research paper is part of a series commissioned by the EU Delegation to the United States. The purpose of this paper is to provide new perspectives and proposals to improve the effectiveness of EU–US relations on internet governance. It explores converging and diverging ideological...
Deepfakes and audio-visual disinformation: snapshot paper
Disinformation, in particular ‘fake news’, has become a globally recognised phenomenon. This paper examines the nature of 'deepfakes', the risks they pose to society, and the potential measures that could oversee their use.
Regulating in a digital world
There is a strong feeling from the British government that self-regulation by technology companies has failed. This report sets out a series of principles that would underpin a new approach to internet governance.
The cybersecurity workforce gap
As cyber threats continue to grow in sophistication, organizations face a persistent challenge in recruiting skilled cybersecurity professionals. This paper highlights the gaps that exist in the nation’s current cybersecurity education and training landscape and identifies examples of successful programs that hold promise as models...
Content or context moderation?
This report provides fresh insights for those developing content moderation policy and regulation by illustrating how leading companies’ missions, business models, and team sizes influence their approaches. Along the way, the report teases out the emergent challenges and tensions these actors face in balancing context...
Freedom on the net 2018
Governments around the world are tightening control over citizens’ data and using claims of “fake news” to suppress dissent and erode trust in the internet, as well as the foundations of democracy, according to this report.
National cyber strategy of the United States of America
This document outlines the steps the U.S government is taking to advance an open, secure, interoperable and reliable cyberspace. Given the interconnected and global nature of cyberspace, the State Department engages in key diplomatic and programmatic initiatives to support many key objectives reflected in this...
Reviews of the Enhancing Online Safety Act 2015 and the Online Content Scheme - discussion paper
This discussion paper is the starting point of two reviews inviting stakeholders and interested parties to provide their views about the Online Safety Act and the Online Content Scheme in Schedules 5 and 7 to the BSA, which regulates the internet industry and content services...